Reserve de Marche is a three-piece Russian band from Moscow, and their new album Inside the Drama was released earlier this year. The album is a dynamic work with seven tracks and a 42 minutes of runtime. As the band puts it, the album concept tells mythological stories that are played by ancient gods and people in the modern world. “Inside the Drama” is dense with emotions and has a very organic, vivid taste to it, something that cannot be easily achieved by individual members but rather as the whole band.
The band has proven that they can produce works full of energy, hence one can claim that they are using their instruments quite effectively, as there aren’t many of them. In particular this album can get really mellow at certain points, as well as aggressive and energetic. The opening track Althaea Lights a Fire is a great introduction to the album as it begins with a guitar riff followed by other instruments, taking the listener into the album gradually. The powerful drum beats give a certain dose of energy and fills the head. It is one of those moments where you can’t help but to tap your fingers or silently nod with your head according to the rhythm.
RELEASE DATE: 16 March 2015 LABEL: MALS
Almost all of the tracks in the album have a lot of rhythmic and melodic fluctuations and I found myself both listening and watching the stories that the songs tell. The concept of the album has dissolved into every single track and not only the names but also the feelings of the tracks can be shown as a proof for that. Although it can be said that there are a lot of bands producing works in this genre, Reserve de Marche’s new album stands out with its integrity, both musically and conceptually. Personally I believe this is something important to achieve. One could suggest that the chord progressions or musical complexity could have been more sophisticated throughout the album, but again there are some albums that you simply don’t care too much about “what should have been better” but rather just listen and enjoy. I believe Inside the Drama is one of those albums. Besides even if you feel like arguing, a counter argument would be that the rich attacks and overall dynamism of the album compensates the downsides.
As a conclusion, I have to admit that I enjoyed listening to this album and I kept it on loop for some time. If you are looking for some hints on where to begin, you can check the opening track Althaea Lights a Fire and Poseidon Pacific Movement. Having that said, I still encourage listening from beginning until the end without interruption as the dynamic structure of the whole album as well as the track order are factors that make this album what it is.